It’s very hard to advocate for children you can’t see. That’s why Holt’s registration status in China is so critical. Jian stands leaning on a crib in a dimly lit room with high windows, while a half-moon of neatly dressed men and women hang on her every word. All around her, more cribs, each, Read More

Theo likes to break misconceptions. When I was told that the next child I would get to see in the orphanage was a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and multiple lower limb issues, I automatically had a picture in my head of what this child might be like. The effects of CP can vary, Read More

Declan is a healthy little guy with Down syndrome who came into care when he was about one month old. Energetic and outgoing, Declan will seek out others to play with and he is especially good friends with Carter, another waiting child in has care center. The two like to play together.

Your child is sick. Horribly, deathly sick. Is there any worst nightmare for any mom — or any parent — anywhere? As an adoptive mom of four children with complex heart disease, Andrea Olson knows exactly what this feels like. “We loved her, played with her, listened as she called me ‘mama’ for the, Read More

On a recent trip to China, Holt social worker Amy Castle fell in love with an 11-year-old named Shane. Her heart broke for him as he witnessed his other friends at the orphanage prepare to meet their adoptive families and she couldn’t help but wonder, “When will it be Shane’s turn?”

Adoption is something we always considered we would do… some day. After several years of trying to have our own biological child, we realized adoption was going to be our next step. Adam and I went to several different adoption orientations. At first, we were planning to adopt a child domestically in the U.S., since, Read More

When first considering adoption, Diane and Troy Sturgeon had a vision for their family — a very specific, pigtails-and-dresses vision that they could have made a reality. So… why didn’t they? A basketball hoop clangs and a ball thumps outside, accompanied by shrieks of excitement. Loud, off-key singing and giggles echo down the hall., Read More

For as long as she can remember, Liz Larson wanted to be a mom. But the process to adopt from China by herself tested her patience and perseverance. It took her more than 7,000 miles. But it also made her lean heavily into God’s promises for herself, for her daughter and for their new, Read More

Watch out world! Payton is coming. Payton* loves to be active and play catch, and one day he wants to run around with his friends. For most of us, running is something that comes easily and we take it for granted. But for Payton, it is an activity that will require lots of perseverance, Read More

Josh* is a multi-talented 13-year-old who needs a family soon! Next January, Josh will age out of the adoption process, and his chance at a permanent family will be gone. He is a special boy who is described as active and bright by his caretakers. He loves to create things and can often be, Read More